ARTIST INFO

Takesada MATSUTANI

From about 1960, MATSUTANI started to employ vinyl bond – a material produced in Japan soon after the war. With this, he created relief-like art works by making use of its malleability to create organic forms. The sensuous shapes that drape and swell upon the surface were acclaimed for signalling new possibilities of painting and were highly appreciated. Catching the attention of Jiro Yoshihara, MATSUTANI was invited to become a member of the Gutai Art Association. He went over to France at the age of 29 with a scholarship granted by the French government. He has been living in Paris since and divided his time between France and Japan. In 2017 he participated in the Venice Biennale for the main section.

Works

  • Title
    Cercle 13-8
    Size
    φ81cm
    Year
    2013
    Medium
    Vinyl relief, graphite pencil on canvas mounted on board
  • Title
    Wave 08-5-20
    Size
    41.3x31
    Year
    2008
    Medium
    Vinyl relief, graphite pencil on canvas and mounted on board
  • Title
    Deux cercles-09-1-15
    Size
    35x27
    Year
    2009
    Medium
    Vinyl relief, graphite pencil, Japanese paper on canvas
  • Title
    Cercle-3-2001
    Size
    73×60.8cm
    Year
    2001
    Medium
    Vinyl relief, graphite pencil on canvas and mounted on board
  • Title
    Cercle 13-8
    Size
    φ81cm
    Year
    2013
    Medium
    Vinyl relief, graphite pencil on canvas mounted on board
  • Title
    Wave 08-5-20
    Size
    41.3x31
    Year
    2008
    Medium
    Vinyl relief, graphite pencil on canvas and mounted on board
  • Title
    Deux cercles-09-1-15
    Size
    35x27
    Year
    2009
    Medium
    Vinyl relief, graphite pencil, Japanese paper on canvas
  • Title
    Cercle-3-2001
    Size
    73×60.8cm
    Year
    2001
    Medium
    Vinyl relief, graphite pencil on canvas and mounted on board

CV

1937
Born in Osaka
1960
Started to use a bond,glue,for painting
1960
First participation in The 9th Gutai exhibition, keeping exhibiting in all Gutai exhibition until it's breakup in 1972
1963
Recommended to be Gutai Associoation member
1966
Grand prix in Mainichi Competision
1967
Entered S. W. Heiter's printing studio Atelier 17, working there as an assistant
1970
Left Atelier 17 and had his own silkscreen studio in Montparnasse

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1993
“The 60s and Recent Work,” Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan
1999
“Matsutani’s Prints, 1960-1988,” Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Japan
2002
Solo show at Cairns Regional Museum Gallery, Cairns, Australia
2007
“Matsutani – rétrospective,” Centre culturel André Malraux, Agen, France
2010
"Stream" The Museum of Modern Art, kamakura, Kanagawa
2015
"Currents", Nishinomiya Otani Memorial Art Museum, Japan
2018
Gallery Hosokawa, Osaka
2019
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Selected Group Exhibitions

1968
Musée d”art moderne de la ville de Paris, “1ère Biennale internationale de l”estampe”, Paris, France
2012
“Gutai: The Spirit of an Era,” National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2017
La Biennale di Venezia, 57th International Art Exhibition, ‘Viva Arte Viva’, Venice, Italy
2018
”CONFLUENCE. Aliska Lahusen and Takesada Matsutani”, Manggha Museum, Krakow, Poland

NEWS

2018/04/18
A documentary film, "MATSUTANI Stream in Venice," which filmed the setting up of the installation of the artist's work at the 57th Venetian Biennial, got a silver medal at The World Media Festival in Germany.